May 2001

Volume 52
Issue 3

Features 

After 20 years of looking for someone who could perform the “middle deal,” Dai Vernon had pretty much decided this supreme piece of sleight of hand was a fable. Then, one night in a Wichita jail, a prisoner told Vernon he’d seen a man do it…

A historian argues that in Vietnam America’s cause was just, its arms effective, and its efforts undermined critics back home—and that this is how things must work in a free society

As the 2000 election made very clear, we are torn between revering judges and despising them. It’s in the nature of the job.

May 2001

Departments 

Behind the Cutting Edge

History Happened Here

History Now

In the News

Letter From the Editor

My Brush With History

The Business of America

Time Machine